Currently Being ModeratedJun 9, 2013 3:23 PM (in response to ClaireRosie)
Well, indeed that does not sound like a fun situation to be in. But, it is VERY good you are using Time Machine.
Let me explain, that there are two options when it comes to storing files in iTunes. When you import files, it will either leave the file in its original location on the hard drive and iTunes will know its location, or it will copy the file and store it in Music/iTunes/iTunes Media/Music/Artist_Name/Album_Name/, IF you have the option enabled titled "Keep iTunes Media folder organized."
I imagine you have it set to copy everything into the iTunes Media folder, which explains why your hard drive is filling up. Otherwise no extra space would have been taken up.
Therefore, my recommendation is this:
Quit iTunes first. Then navigate to ~/Music in Finder, then Enter Time Machine. Restore the ENTIRE iTunes folder in that location from a previous backup that occurred BEFORE this whole thing happened. Depending on how much space you have left on your hard drive, it may be wise to first delete the entire current iTunes folder. The restore could take a long time, depending on how much data you have in iTunes.
This will guarantee you get back to a previous library, exactly as it was at that date and time. Yes, it may be a bit overkill but it is by far the simplest solution. Hope that works!
Currently Being ModeratedJun 9, 2013 3:44 PM (in response to Joey!! 【ツ】)
Thanks for your reply. Yes this is a shituation alright.
We did that initally after the 'mess' and that was when i started noticing that alot of tracks were missing. Which therefore leads me to believe that the back up didnt happen correctly in the first place a month or so prior to my mistake(s). For example one artists who I had say 6 albums for was missing an album or two and some of the albums that had been imported were missing tracks also.
Hope that makes sense.
Currently Being ModeratedJun 9, 2013 3:51 PM (in response to ClaireRosie)
Perhaps you stored some songs in the iTunes folder and some outside of that folder in another location on your hard drive, say for example, Documents? In which case, restoring the entire iTunes folder wouldn't solve the issue of missing songs outside of that location.
Even if that's the case, that may be a better starting place than anywhere else. You'd just have to see where iTunes expects the missing files (right click a song, click Get Info, Summary, and note the Where location at the bottom), find the file on your hard drive and place it back where iTunes expects it.
After you get everything sorted out, I'd recommend organizing the library (File > Library > Organize Library) and keeping the folder organized (Preferences > Advanced) so all your music is in the iTunes folder. This will make everything much simpler and prevent the problem in the future, among other issues and difficulties.